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This is my experience. Everybody has a different experience so these are my opinions on what i found onboard this cruise. I booked 2 weeks prior to departure and booked a balcony cabin. Fred Olsen kindly gave me a free upgrade to a suite. Boarding at Liverpool was great, far more comfortable than Sounthampton. Very pleased with the cabin, all comforts and nice fresh flowers, sparkling wine, canapes, fluffy bath robe and free slippers. Also use of binoculars and umbrella if needed. Lovely bathroom, and great for smokers as you can smoke on the balcony. Unlike other cruise lines where you have to trek around the decks to find a smoking area. Bravo to FO for their smoking policy. The ship is looking its age. Sun deck tired and decor very low key and dull. All staff friendly and polite. Lifts very small and always a wait for one to arrive. The Glentaner dining room was one of the worst i have ever been in on a ship. A large version of a nursing home dining room. Very harsh lighting and too bright. Food was a let down. On Boudicca and Balmoral it was fine but not on this cruise. Were they on rations ? I ordered shrimps to start with which i know means prawns. I was served 3 prawns on a plate !!! gone in seconds. Then an Italian tomato salad. One tomato cut in slices drizzled with oil !!! useless. Main course was poor and also long waits in between courses. Not impressed. The garden cafe is lovely and food is far better and nicer surroundings. Mini cruises attract a totally different type of passenger than a proper cruise would so i seen a wedding party was onboard. Bad news ! By evening the females were drunk and swearing and bawling walking around the ship, drinks in hand. Horrendous language. FO need to curb this fast. Next day i heard other passengers say they were kept awake all night due to the noise in the cabins from these women. This is really bad that people like this spoil peoples cruises because of their drinking and bad behaviour. Half day trip to Dublin was enjoyable, only 27 on the trip. Rather bossy tour guide but it was a good trip. I would not travel on Black Watch again. She is near retirement now and her age shows. Entertainment was poor. Comedian who was not funny, a weak choir and the ships singers and dancers very amateur. I do wish people who want to sit and talk would not come in to see a show as they do not watch the show, just loud voices non stop. Go to one of the lounges if you want to talk. Its bad manners to the acts who are trying to entertain.

Sea Wasn't Rough, but Some Rough Behavior from Passengers

Black Watch Cruise Review by BarkerFinch

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2015
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Suite
This is my experience. Everybody has a different experience so these are my opinions on what i found onboard this cruise.

I booked 2 weeks prior to departure and booked a balcony cabin. Fred Olsen kindly gave me a free upgrade to a suite.

Boarding at Liverpool was great, far more comfortable than Sounthampton.

Very pleased with the cabin, all comforts and nice fresh flowers, sparkling wine, canapes, fluffy bath robe and free slippers. Also use of binoculars and umbrella if needed.

Lovely bathroom, and great for smokers as you can smoke on the balcony. Unlike other cruise lines where you have to trek around the decks to find a smoking area. Bravo to FO for their smoking policy.

The ship is looking its age. Sun deck tired and decor very low key and dull.

All staff friendly and polite. Lifts very small and always a wait for one to arrive.

The Glentaner dining room was one of the worst i have ever been in on a ship. A large version of a nursing home dining room. Very harsh lighting and too bright.

Food was a let down. On Boudicca and Balmoral it was fine but not on this cruise.

Were they on rations ? I ordered shrimps to start with which i know means prawns.

I was served 3 prawns on a plate !!! gone in seconds.

Then an Italian tomato salad. One tomato cut in slices drizzled with oil !!! useless.

Main course was poor and also long waits in between courses. Not impressed.

The garden cafe is lovely and food is far better and nicer surroundings.

Mini cruises attract a totally different type of passenger than a proper cruise would so i seen a wedding party was onboard. Bad news !

By evening the females were drunk and swearing and bawling walking around the ship, drinks in hand. Horrendous language. FO need to curb this fast.

Next day i heard other passengers say they were kept awake all night due to the noise in the cabins from these women. This is really bad that people like this spoil peoples cruises because of their drinking and bad behaviour.

Half day trip to Dublin was enjoyable, only 27 on the trip. Rather bossy tour guide but it was a good trip.

I would not travel on Black Watch again. She is near retirement now and her age shows.

Entertainment was poor. Comedian who was not funny, a weak choir and the ships singers and dancers very amateur.

I do wish people who want to sit and talk would not come in to see a show as they do not watch the show, just loud voices non stop. Go to one of the lounges if you want to talk.

Its bad manners to the acts who are trying to entertain.
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